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Advocacy & Policy

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) works with policymakers and other leaders to advance policy priorities that strengthen the nation’s health and well-being.

Through policies that affect health care delivery, research, education, health equity, and more, the federal government is a key partner in sustaining the vitality of the nation’s academic medicine ecosystem, which is essential to improving the health of all. Learn more about the AAMC’s priorities for the 118th Congress.

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Statement on Improving Health Through DEI

The AAMC and other health care and medical associations made a statement in support of DEI policies in health care, to help improve our nation’s health.

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AAMC Policy and Priorities



AAMC-member institutions endeavor to prepare a diverse medical research workforce and champion an environment where medical discovery can flourish. This strong commitment is key to innovation that benefits patients.

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Clinical Care

AAMC-member teaching hospitals and faculty physicians cultivate and provide high-quality health care, especially for complex and vulnerable patients -- many of whom are unable to receive care elsewhere.

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Investing in Healthier Communities

Academic medical centers serve at the crossroads of community health, health equity, and population health and are actively working to prevent and address persistent public health challenges.

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AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals play a crucial role in preparing future physicians who help create a healthier future for all with innovative graduate medical education.

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Washington Highlights

Washington Highlights is a weekly newsletter that provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory activities affecting academic medicine.

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Press Release

The AAMC and NMA announced a grant program to foster foster diversity and inclusion in the medical field and address the shortage of Black male physicians.

  • April 11, 2024
Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC joined other health care groups in a letter of support for chronic care management on April 10.

  • April 11, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins more than 20 health groups urging affirmance of preliminary injunction against Montana ban on gender-affirming care provided to adolescents.

  • April 11, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC signed community letter to amend certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) requirements under the physician Quality Payment Program.

  • April 10, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

The AAMC submitted comments to the FTC and HHS in response to a request for information focused on addressing drug shortages.

  • April 9, 2024
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Testimony & Correspondence

AAMC joins over 59 organizations to express concerns with potential recissions to COVID relief funds at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

  • April 9, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The Department of Education on March 29 extended Gainful Employment/Financial Value Transparency regulatory reporting requirements until October 1.

  • April 5, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The CMS finalized policies for the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces, including special enrollment periods and network adequacy standards.

  • April 5, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The CMS revised guidelines April 1 emphasizing the need for informed consent before medical students perform exams, particularly on patients under anesthesia.

  • April 5, 2024
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Washington Highlights

The AAMC-supported Rural Residency Planning and Development Grant Act of 2024 was introduced on April 2.

  • April 5, 2024
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AAMC Champion of Academic Medicine Award

This award recognizes members of Congress and staff for extraordinary leadership in support of the academic medicine community.

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Advocacy Coalitions

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research supports enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH.

The GME Advocacy Coalition (GMEAC) is a group of organizations dedicated to the expansion and preservation of Medicare-supported graduate medical education.

The HPNEC advocates for continued support for the health professions and nursing workforce development programs critical to providing continued services to underserved and minority communities.

The FOVA is a diverse coalition representing national academic, medical, and scientific societies; voluntary health and patient advocacy groups; and veteran-focused associations.

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AAMC Action

AAMC Action – Let’s Raise Our Voices Together

We are a community of students, residents, researchers, faculty members, physicians, and others who advocate on behalf of academic medicine to improve the health of people everywhere.

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